I was looking for something different to write about this week rather than just talking about diseases and such. Amazingly I came across this video: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/205285/amazing_kid_with_only_half_a_brain/ .
This kid had half of his brain removed after he was shot at a convenience store. More than his surgery to look normal again, I was more interested in what he could and could no longer do. In the sense of function or paralysis. Although, I could not find anything more on his condition. In the video, he is able to talk and move both of his hands.
Looking further into this I found this article: http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/girl-with-half-a-brain/. This is about a girl who was actually born without her right hemisphere. The interesting part about this one is that she has no disability because the left half of her brain rewired itself to take over for the loss that the right side left. They do think that she will be have a below average intelligence, but nothing to the extent that I had imagined.
This poses the question to me that perhaps all three pound of our brains are not actually needed for the abilities that we achieve. Perhaps thinking ourselves as more intelligent because of the size of our brain is actually irrelevant, but the complexity and developmental abilities is really what we should be proud of.
It would still be interesting to find out more about the boy from the accident. To see if his brain is doing something about the damage, and if he has any unseen disabilities. The second article talks about cases where one side of the brain is nonfunctional and it is removed, but the boy's was removed by chance. It would also be interesting to see if his IQ drops.